Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

WALLS (HOY), MELSETTER HOUSE, LODGE, GATES, GATEPIERS AND FIELD BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERSLB48363

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
31/01/2002
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
Parish
Walls And Flotta
NGR
ND 27416 89318
Coordinates
327416, 989318

Description

Mid-later 19th century. Single storey, former T-plan lodge house; later, 20th century additions to rear. Tooled, coursed sandstone. Crowstepped gables.

N ELEVATION: window to far left; door to right. 2 steps lead up to door. Advanced wing to right; window to right.

E ELEVATION: window to right. Harled extension to left; 2 windows.

S ELEVATION: advanced extension to right; window to left. Advanced wing to left; window to right. Later lean-to shed to left; door to right; window in right return.

W ELEVATION: 3 windows to W elevation; smaller central window. Window to rear lean-to extension.

6-pane timber sash and case windows. Timber plank doors. Pitched roofs; stone slates; crowstepped gables; coped gable apex stack to each gable; circular cans. Slate roof to gabled extension and lean-to shed.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.

GATES AND GATEPIERS

4 square-plan sandstone piers; base and cornice. Central cast-iron carriage gate and flanking pedestrian gates.

FIELD BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS

Drystone wall to N of lodge encloses field to W; turns W-wards to line either side of current entrance driveway to Melsetter House. 2 square-plan gatepiers (ND 2703 8943), corbelled apex (missing to E pier). Drystone walls to E of lodge; gatepiers (ND 2786 8919) open onto track which leads to Melsetter from the S. Single thick circular-plan pier (similar to Snelsetter Gatepier, see separate List Description); thin cornice; stepped apex; accompanying square-plan pier; cornice; stepped apex; timber gate.

Statement of Special Interest

A-Group with Melsetter House, Chapel, Kitchen and Walled Gardens, Burial Enclosure, Estate Office, Gardener's Cottage, The Hall, Laundry House and Spinning Cottage. The lodge is situated beside the former main entrance to Melsetter House and was built before Lethaby carried out his alterations to Melsetter House. The gatepiers adjacent to the lodge are not present on the 1st Edition OS Map and are probably late 19th century.

References

Bibliography

1st Edition OS Map, 1881; T Garnham, MELSETTER HOUSE in ARTS & CRAFTS HOUSES I, 1999.

About Listed Buildings

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Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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